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Is Fluoride Good for Teeth?

Fluoride is a fantastic natural mineral that occurs in water and many foods. It helps prevent cavities and tooth decay by making our teeth more resistant to harmful corrosive acids from things like sugars and plaque bacteria. Fluoride also reverses early tooth decay and strengthens enamel. In children, fluoride aids in the development of permanent teeth and makes it difficult for acids to breath down important minerals in the tooth. It’s equally beneficial for adults, as fluoride helps repair and strengthen teeth, as well as disrupting acid production in the mouth. Dentists have been using fluoride for over 50 years to help improve our oral health!

There are two ways that dental health professionals use fluoride: Topically and systemically.

Topical Fluoride (External)
We benefit from topical fluoride by using dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. When we apply these products to our teeth, the topical fluoride strengthens our teeth by absorbing into the outer layer of our tooth enamel. This helps make our teeth resistant to decay!

Systemic Fluoride (Internal)
When we consume foods and water that contain fluoride, we’re benefiting from it on an internal level. This is systemic fluoride at work. Not only does systemic fluoride strengthen our tooth enamel, it also helps teeth that are still developing under our gums – making it especially helpful for children.

When consumed in a healthy amount, fluoride can be an extremely useful mineral to our teeth. While we love fluoride for how it helps us improve our oral health, it’s also important to recognize that fluoride alone will not prevent cavities and tooth decay! Remember to floss before you brush your teeth, maintain a healthy diet, reduce sugar-rich foods, and regularly visit your dentist. To schedule your next appointment at our office, call us today at (562) 434-6414.

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